Friday, March 28, 2014

Friday My Town Shoot Out - Toronto

This week's theme is OLD BUILDING!! This would not be the oldest building in Toronto.

Click here for a visit inside.

This is the clock tower on Old City Hall in Toronto.The clock tower rises 103.6 metres (300 feet) and is positioned to look down Bay Street. The clock and bells were not installed until late 1900. The monumental bells first pealed on December 31, 1900. The largest bell, "Big Ben", weighs 5443 kg (11,648 lbs).

Four garnished stone gargoyles sat at the upper corners of the clock tower; these ornaments were removed to the effects of the weather on the sandstone carvings in 1938, but bronze casts of the gargoyles were reinstalled in 2002.

The clock originally functioned manually; it was automated in 1950s. In 1992, the clock was stopped for the first time in more than a century to perform maintenance and repairs. The maintenance consisted of painting the metallic components of the clock: its bronze, brass, iron and steel. The room, at the top of the tower, enclosed on four side by timepiece, houses a glass box The glass box is were the clock's operating machine sits. The room is accessible by stairs only; there are 280 steps to climb. The elevator that was built with the structure was taken out in 1920s. The clock's face measures 6 metres in diameter.


  1. fantastic shots! I love clock towers. the last shot is my fav.

  2. Wow! That is one impressive clock tower. I love the colours, so subtle but effective.

  3. a clock of 18 ft across. impressive. I loved the last shot showing the complete front of the building - great Shoot-out contribution.


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